A Wisconsin woman has been charged with suffocating three babies more than 30 years ago—cases that investigators initially attributed to sudden infant death syndrome, prosecutors said Friday. The cases were reopened in March 2015 after Nancy Moronez's daughter told police her mother confessed to suffocating Moronez's son with a garbage bag in 1980, prosecutors say. The two other infants died in 1984 and 1985 while Moronez was their baby-sitter, reports the AP. Moronez, 60, told a Milwaukee police detective this week she was responsible for the three deaths and said at one point that she "can't take kids that constantly cry," prosecutors said in charging documents that provide chilling details. She faces three counts of second-degree murder.
Moronez said she "put [her son] in the water and ... held him down and felt him wriggle a little under the water," charging documents say. Her son was 18 days old. Four years after his death, prosecutors said Moronez was babysitting a 6-month-old boy after his parents answered an ad in the newspaper. At the time, police said Moronez told investigators she noticed the baby was unresponsive less than an hour after she put him to sleep face down on a water bed. A coroner concluded the death was due to SIDS, but in her interview with police this week Moronez said she used a blanket and held it "real tight against the face" of the baby. A year later, Moronez was babysitting an 11-week-old girl when firefighters responded to a call for help. Again, the medical examiner said the cause of death was SIDS, but Moronez told police she used a blanket. Moronez said she didn't use a blanket with her son because she wanted him "to go sooner."